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Beyond the super-rich and the super-geeks: Smart homes for the rest of us. Ratul Mahajan Microsoft Research HomeNets 2010. S mart homes. Capability to automate and control multiple, disparate systems within the home [ABI Research] Today, only the super rich and super geeks have it.

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Beyond the super rich and the super geeks smart homes for the rest of us

Beyond the super-rich and the super-geeks: Smart homes for the rest of us

Ratul Mahajan

Microsoft Research

HomeNets 2010


S mart homes

Smart homes

Capability to automate and control multiple, disparate systems within the home [ABI Research]

Today, only the super rich and super geeks have it


Why don t you have it

Why don’t you have it?

You have the basic ingredients

But composition is difficult


An example home network

An example home network

Ratemynetworkdiagram.com


Why is device composition in the home hard

Why is device composition in the home hard?

  • Homes have users, not administrators

    • Extreme heterogeneity

    • Low expertise and willingness to manage

    • Privacy

  • Rich set of devices

  • Technical issues mix with human and economic ones

  • Experimental difficulties


Interoperability is not sufficient

Interoperability is not sufficient

App A

App B

App D

App C


Monolithic systems are hard to extend

Monolithic systems are hard to extend

Apps A, B, C, ….


An alternative approach a home wide operating system

An alternative approach: A home-wide operating system

HomeStore

App A

App B

App C

Operating system

“The home needs an operating system (and an app store)”Dixon, Mahajan, Agarwal, Brush, Lee, Saroiu, Bahl,HotNets 2010


Summary

Summary

  • By simplifying device composition, we can bring smart homes to the mainstream

  • Current approaches fall short

    • Interoperability alone is insufficient

    • Monolithic systems are hard to extend and customize

  • A promising alternative: A home-wide OS


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